2008 Volvo S80 vs. Its Competition

2008 Volvo S80 T6
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Volvo S80 slots in between the usual European, Japanese, and domestic competition, thanks to its front-wheel drive and large interior.

The Acura RL is a good competitor, with a new face for 2009, standard all-wheel drive, and a V-6 powertrain.

The Mercedes E-Class comes in a wide range of flavors, as does the BMW 5-Series; both offer V-8 versions and all-wheel drive, as well as extensive safety features.

2008 Volvo S80 T62008 Volvo S80
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2000 Acura RL2009 Acura RL
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2008 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535xiT AWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 BMW 5-Series
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2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Volvo S80 is one of the safety luxury sedans on the planet, and in V-8 form it’s an enthusiastic performer.
The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
The 5-Series sedans and wagons aren't the most practical or the best values in their class, but they're very enjoyable to drive.
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.2L FWD4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Automatic,Automatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2008 Volvo S80 vs. 2009 Acura RL2008 Volvo S80 vs. 2008 BMW 5-Series2008 Volvo S80 vs. 2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class